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  • E.R.J. Wubs (Corresponding author)
  • S.J. Woodin
  • Marc I. Stutter
  • Sonja Wipf
  • Martin Sommerkorn
  • René van der Wal
Snow strongly affects ecosystem functioning in alpine environments with potential carry-over effects outside of snow periods. However, it is unclear whether changes in snow cover affect microbial community functioning in summer. In a field experiment, we tested whether manipulation of snow cover affected the functional capabilities of the microbial community either directly, or indirectly through concomitant changes in the vegetation. While 23 years of differential snow depth and persistence fundamentally changed the vegetation composition, the microbial community's ability to catabolize a range of carbon compounds was not altered. Instead, soil moisture content was the key driver of carbon catabolism by the microbial community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
JournalSoil Biology & Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • international

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